Teenager rescued after falling 30ft into Virginia sink

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Fire and rescue crews worked to rescue a juvenile victim who fell 30 feet into a pit in rural northeast Virginia on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department

More than a dozen people from multiple fire and rescue crews in Virginia worked in the late hours of Sunday, Feb. 27 to rescue a 16-year-old boy who fell 30 feet into a pit.

Officials from the Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department and Essex County Emergency Medical Services were called to an address on Rose Mount Road in Hustle, Va., around 4 p.m., according to a post on the fire department’s Facebook page. Hustle is an unincorporated community about 12 miles from the Potomac River near the Maryland border.

The teenager was stuck for nearly three hours, the Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department said.

Essex County Fire Chief Paul Richardson told WRIC he played with a friend when he fell through the top cover of the wooden well.

“He was pretty comfortable being trapped in there for a 16-year-old,” Richardson said, according to the broadcaster. “He did very well and he was talking to us all the time.”

First responders from Tappahannock-Essex Fire and Rescue were the first to arrive at Rose Mount Road, which straddles dense woods and some fields. According to Chesterfield County EMS, these first responders “immediately took rescue measures to ensure that the victim would not fall lower into the well and possibly be submerged.

Recognizing it was a confined space, they called an urban search and rescue team made up of Chesterfield County EMS personnel.

VCU Health System also provided a helicopter to take the patient to the hospital once he was rescued, officials said, and Hanover County Technical Rescue was called in to design a rope system that would was used to execute the rescue.

At least 10 confined space rescue technicians from the nearest state team, Virginia Task Force 8, were also brought in to help.

“Task Force 8 has arrived to reinforce and reinforce the rope and confined space rescue operation already underway,” Chesterfield County EMS said. “We provided the rescue team, helped with the rigging and operated the Hannover-built rope rescue system.”

The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department said the 16-year-old was removed from the pit and placed on a stretcher at 6:40 p.m. ET. He was reportedly taken to a Richmond hospital with minor injuries.

Hayley Fowler is a reporter for The Charlotte Observer, covering breaking news and real-time news across North and South Carolina. She holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and previously worked as a legal reporter in New York City before joining the Observer in 2019.

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